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Maverick Architects – A Thing of the Past?


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Thursday 25 February 2016
6.30 — 8pm

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In this debate about architectural education and opportunities for young architects, our panel explore if there is any future for mavericks in architecture.

What marks out mavericks from other architects is the way they embrace risk – whether professionally, by striking out on their own, or creatively, by refusing to conform to the norms of architectural taste or convention. Recent years, however, have seen the risks for young architects grow considerably. Seven years’ training leaves most architects beginning their careers saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt, putting pressure on even the best young creative minds to conform. At the same time, as land prices skyrocket developers are becoming more and more risk-averse and less willing to roll the dice and embrace unorthodox or original approaches.

In this event, a range of speakers debate what future there is for maverick architects – if, indeed, there is one. What changes to architectural education might make it easier for mavericks? Are there sectors of the building industry more willing than others to give commissions to maverick architects? What can wannabe mavericks do themselves to improve their chances of success?


Jonathan Falkingham – Founder and Creative Director, Urban Splash
Kate Goodwin – Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts
Harriet Harriss – Senior Tutor in Interior Design and Architecture, RCA; co-author of Radical Pedagogies: Architecture and the British Tradition (2015)
Will Hunter – Founder/ Director, The London School of Architecture
Robert Mull – Architect, Educator, Tutor to the Free Unit and former Dean of the CASS
Alex Scott-Whitby – Founder, ScottWhitbyStudio

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Thursday 25 February 2016

6.30 — 8pm

The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1

£12. Reductions £6.